I totally agree on the philosophy of it. It's ignorant to assume infinity.As an aside, "Wetiko" is a Native American word, of I believe Apache origin, which essentially means "to consume the soul". It is a word that means to take EVERYTHING, even the most essential, with no forethought as to what this will mean later.
Ex: If I take out all the money in my bank account, fly to vegas, and spend it on poker tables and dirty ass, that is a "Wetiko" move. It is a mentality, but an adjective.
In the societal, economic sense, it is the driving need to take all from what surrounds us, and a mentality that we are entitled to do so. I can give a very neighborly example.
I live on 335 acres, and my "neighbor" is about 2 miles away. He moved here about ten years ago....and we didn't really get along for awhile.
He is a big time deer hunter...and by that I mean that he put out feed for them, setup about a dozen metal tree stands ( a few have power, last I heard), pretty much spent tons of money to make his property a killing field for deer. He clearly hunted them out of season in the winter, had a nuisance license allowing him to do so, and went so far as to SELL his meat. (This is illegal, BTW)
Last year, I catch him on my property building a stand. It was pretty easy to spot, seeing as I don't stand-hunt, I stalk. We had a pretty bad altercation (he had already killed a few deer there, field-dressing was obvious). Why?
Because he doesn't have anymore deer on his land. After a few years of killing pretty much every deer he could, including does or yearlings, he had pretty much wiped out his own population. He deliberately went onto my land for this reason. I kill only young males, as these are the least likely to make it through the winters here anyway. I don't kill the chief, the big trophy buck that everyone uses as some kind of perverse status symbol. He has genes that have allowed him to survive many winters, beat out other bucks, become leader....kill him, and soon little pussy-ass bucks are getting does and having little runt fawns that can't survive....do that over ten years, you end up like my neighbor.
When I asked him why the hell he did that, his answer was short but very telling. He said, "I mean they were here. They were on my land."
That is the western Wetiko mentality....to him, the fact that it was within his power to kill them all, meant that he would. As soon as possible.
This is what we do, and have done, for a very long time. Some would say since Rome destroyed itself with its own Wetiko mentality....people forget that there were humans for a VERY long time before our calender hit AD. Most of them did not live that way, and were displaced slowly by those who did. Wetiko is inherently war-like.
My point is that the world does this, is enveloped in the Wetiko mentality, and will eventually lead to catastrophe for humankind. I believe we are a long way away from it, but it WILL happen. After, we will return to the way we were meant to live, in balance, after this little 2000 year jaunt into Wetiko. This is just all just a small diversion (2000 years is a blink of an eye in evolution). We will be going back eventually.
They say that if you ask a fish where it lives, the last thing it will say is "water". Wetiko is that water for most of the world. It is about domination, war, power, money, consumption, and the idea that we are ENTITLED to take as much as we want. It is looking through the wrong end of the binoculars.
We are not the stewards of nature. It is the steward of us.
By the way, eliminating Weitko elements of society would be great to complete on a global government level. I would call this eliminating destructive competition.
However, I don't think it's so binary with regards to our future. Technology could change the game. Could...